"This charge is making a group of law-abiding citizens into offenders," Mr Jufrie Mahmood said to the Judge as the charge was read out to him. "It is a mockery of our Constitution which guarantees us the right of free speech and assembly."
Mr Jufrie is one of the 18 activists who are charged with participating in an assembly and procession without a permit on 15 Mar 08. As each one of the accused had the charges read out to them, all indicated that they wanted to engage counsel.
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